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How to Choose Which Job Offer Is Right for Me?

Published: January 18, 2016 | Updated: November 10, 2020

You completed your career training and you’ve been on the job search. And lucky you! You received a job offer. In fact, you got two. So how do you choose which job offer is the right one for you?

Start with a list of pros and cons. Match up the offers side by side and decide what you like and don’t like about each. You might want to consider giving each item a score. For example, let’s say one job is just down the street from where you live and would be an awesomely easy commute. You’d give that a 5. Maybe the other is a bit farther away and more difficult to get to. Rank that a 1 or 2, depending on how important you consider location.

You’ll obviously want to compare the salary offers, but don’t just look at your take home pay. Make sure to consider benefits and bonuses. If one employer offers a lower salary but covers a significant portion of your health insurance or matches contributions to an IRA or other retirement plan, that second employer may be a better choice in the long run.

Think to the future. Are the two offers from companies that are very different from one another? A big company may give you more security and opportunity for long-term growth. But a smaller company could give you the chance to take on a lot of responsibility so you can build your knowledge—and your resume—and advance your career more quickly.

Decide which company culture fits you best. You’ll be spending a lot of time with your colleagues so you’ll really want to like them and how they operate. Take time to talk with people who work there and ask what they like—and don’t like—about the company. Go online and check out employee reviews and consider asking for another chance to come in and check the place out.

Do some additional research. Before you make your final decision, find out as much as you can about the company. Run internet searches to learn about the overall financial health of the company and the image of the organization. Maybe one is a great community leader that supports the kinds of causes you believe in. Wouldn’t it be great to work for an organization you could be proud of?

Charter College can provide you with career training that will help you enter the workforce with the knowledge and experience that could make you a great employee someone would want to hire. We have programs in business, health care,information technology, veterinary assistant and some trades. Ready to change your life? Start here.